MAY THE FOURTH BE WiTH YOU!..
1655 ~ Bartolomeo Cristofori the Italian inventor of the piano was born on the 4th May 1655 (died 1731).
1826 ~ Frederic Edwin Church the American painter was born on the 4th May 1826 (died 1900).
1827 ~ John Hanning Speke the English explorer was born on the 4th May 1827 (died 1864)
1852 ~ Alice Liddell the English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland was born on the 4th May 1852 (died 1934).
1859 ~ The ORNWALL RAiLWAY opened across the Royal Albert Bridge on the 4th May 1859, linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
1904 ~ The PANAMA CANAL construction began on the 4th May 1904, in the United States.
1910 ~ The ROYAL CANADiAN NAVY was created on the 4th May 1910.
1916 ~ Richard Proenneke the American naturalist was born on the 4th May 1916 (died 2003).
1929 ~ AUDREY HEPBURN the British actress was born on the 4th day of May in 1929 (died in 1993 aged 63).
1932 – AL CAPONE the Atlanta, Georgia mobster began serving an 11 year prison sentence for tax evasion on the 4th May 1932.
1941 ~ NiCKOLAS ASHFORD the American recording artist was born on the 4th day of May in 1941 (died in 2011 aged 70). Nicholas sang and wrote songs with his wife Valerie Simpson, and were best known as ASHFORD & SiMPSON. Together the trio wrote Let’s Go Get Stoned, which gave Ray Charles a number one hit in 1966. Also that year Ashford & Simpson wrote Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) and many more. They wrote many hit songs including Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman (1978). Performing as a duet, Ashford & Simpson had a hit with “Solid” in 1984 (US) and 1985 (UK). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
1951 ~ JACKiE JACKSON the American singer-songwriter from The JACKSON 5 was born on the 4th May 1951.
1951 ~ MiCK MARS the American lead guitarist in MöTLEY CRüE was born on the 4th May 1951.
1953 ~ ERNEST HEMiNGWAY won the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea on the 4th day of May in 1953.
1959 ~ The GRAMMY AWARDS were held for the 1st time on the 4th day of May in 1959.
1960 ~ ANDREW DENTON the Australian television presenter and comedian was born on the 4th day of May in 1960. See Andrew Denton interview Jerry Seinfeld on Enough Rope YouTube video…
1961 ~ JAY ASTON the British singer from BUCKS FiZZ was born on the 4th day of May in 1961.
1967 ~ Kylie Gillies the Australian television presenter for the Seven Network was born on the 4th May 1967. Kylie Gillies is bast known as the co-host of The Morning Show with Larry Emdur.
1968 ~ JULiAN BARRATT the English comedian best known for playing the character of Howard Moon in the cult comedy The Mighty Boosh was born on the 4th May 1968.
1970 ~ GREGG ALEXANDER the American lead singer and songwriter in the NEW RADiCALS was born on the 4th May 1970. Gregg wrote all the New Radicals songs, including this 1998 hit You Get What You Give (YouTube video)…
1972 ~ The DON’T MAKE A WAVE COMMiTEE became the GREENPEACE FOUNDATiON on the 4th May 1972 when they officially changed the name. The Don’t Make A Wave Commitee environmental organization was founded in Canada in 1971).
1972 ~ MiKE DiRNT the American musician best known as the bassist, backing vocalist and co-founder of rock band GREEN DAY was born on the 4th May 1972.
1974 ~ The MANASLU summit was climbed by an all-female Japanese team on the 4th May 1974, making them the first women to climb an 8,000 meter peak.
1979 ~ MARGARET THATCHER became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the 4th day of May in 1979.
1999 ~ iNTERNATiONAL FiREFiGHTERS’ DAY was instituted on the 4th May 1999 due to the deaths of 5 firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Linton, Victoria, Australia. The 4th of May used to be a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters. Visit www.FireFightersDay.org.
2000 ~ KEN LiViNGSTONE became the 1st Mayor of London on the 4th May 2000.
2001 ~ The MiLWAUKEE ART MUSEUM addition opened to the public on the 4th May 2000, becoming the first Santiago Calatrava designed structure in the United States,
2007 ~ GREENSBURG, KANSAS was almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mi wide EF-5 tornado on the 4th May 2007.
2011 ~ STAR WARS DAY was first officially celebrated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema on the 4th May 2011. May the 4th be with you!..
2012 ~ ALLAN STEWART aged 97 from Australia graduated as the World’s oldest university graduate, on the 4th day of May in 2012.
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Here is another one Anton: Born on this day Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011) along with Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946), were a husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3PoTnkLfxE This 1985 song made it to a ‘Solid’ No 19 in Oz.
Thanks Jim, I don’t know how I over looked such superb solid song writing talent, & that Solid song was such a blast from the past 🙂 ~ AK